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07/31/05 9:07 PM ET

Royals head to Boston to face champs

Kansas City (38-67) at Boston (59-45), 6:05 p.m. CT

The Royals were swept for the 12th time this season in a 6-2 loss to the Devil Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

The Royals are on a four-game losing streak after having taken two out of three from the Chicago White Sox.

Right-hander Runelvys Hernandez will start for the Royals when they begin a three-game series on Tuesday at Boston. Hernandez pitched six innings and allowed five runs on five hits on July 27, but the Royals came back to win, 6-5, in 13 innings.

Right-hander Tim Wakefield will pitch for the Red Sox. Wakefield pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed one unearned run on six hits against Tampa Bay on July 27 en route to a 4-1 victory.

Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Runelvys Hernandez
• 8-9, 4.45 ERA in 2005
• Has not faced BOS in 2005

BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield
• 9-9, 4.19 ERA in 2005
• Has not faced KC in 2005

Player to watch
David DeJesus has had two hits in four of his last five games.

"It's good to get out of Tampa [Bay]," -- Royals manager Buddy Bell, after Sunday's 6-2 loss

 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television

On radio
• KC: 810 WHB
• BOS: WEEI 850

Quick hits
Since giving up five runs in the sixth inning on Thursday, the Royals never held another lead against the Devil Rays. ... The Royals were held scoreless in 31 innings during the series. ... Hernandez is 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA in his last four starts, and is 6-2 with a 3.15 ERA in June and July. ... Tampa Bay has outscored Kansas City, 39-30, this season.

On deck
• Wednesday: at Boston, 6:05 p.m. CT
• Thursday: at Boston, 12:05 p.m. CT
• Friday: vs. Oakland, 7:10 p.m. CT

Jared S. Hopkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.